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the second of two seismic shifts in the united states military in just over two years. the first was december of 2010 when president obama signed the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" law and ending a policy that mandated shame and secrecy as requirements for service. the second happened on thursday when defense secretary leon panetta joined the joint chiefs of staff chairman martin dempsey and made this announcement. >> we must open up service opportunities for women as fully as possible. and therefore today, general dempsey and i are pleased to announce that we are eliminating the direct ground combat exclusion rule for women. and we are moving forward with a plan to eliminate all unnecessary gender-based barriers to service. >> just like that, 200,000 military combat jobs that were once off limits for women are potentially open to any woman who meets the qualifications. more importantly, the official policy for women in the u.s. military has now caught up with what has long been the reality for women in the u.s. military. women already make up 15% of the overall force and 17% of the of
a strong claim to presidential authority in the united states constitution. perhaps above all else the presidential duty is to keep the government from going to pieces, to do so, the president may even have to choose the least troubling option from a menu of unconstitutional choices, and this may be precisely the kind of constitutional interpretation that our current president is considering. a week away from his second inauguration, president obama is facing a series of roadblocks to going about the business of governing, from replacing outgoing cabinet members, to the ability to issue new debt, and the issue between the oval office and capitol hill has been proven intractable and how can he keep the government from going to pieces. two legal scholars may have a solution for the president particularly when it comes to the debt standoff. writing for the columbia law review, the authors write that in the debt ceiling deal context and given the balance of the practical stand prudential considerations, the least constitutional choice would be for the president to continue to issue deb
, americans who are undocumented to apply for a provisional unlawful presence waiver before leaving the united states to obtain their visas. so that the change is a big deal for families and basically, you have a situation where if you were an undocumented family member and you left to go get a visa, it could take as much as ten years of separation from the family while you were in the native country applying for the visa, but now the family members will face a shorter wait outside of the united states. the president did not do this without a push. back in december, the democratic congressman luis gutierrez told us that administrative stopping the deportations of spouses and citizen s is an urgent matter that can be a catalyst for the permanent legislative reform, but will it be? of all of the priorities we heard, immigration reform tops the list largely because he did notl leive up to the ambitious goal to do something about it, and late in the term, he lived up to it. >> when we talked about immigration reform in the first year, and that is before the economy was on the verge of collapse, an
, and universal health care is not a political platform, and the united states is not bogged down in multiple international wars, and the girls have a dog. look, president obama is go gin to enter his new term with with a new ad jen da already under a bright spotlight, and at the top of the list, immigration reform and gun control policy. for the first time 52% of americans favor allowing undocumented immigrants with jobs to apply for legal status. 56% of americans believe that stricter laws should govern the sale of firearms. the wind of public opinion, so to speak, would appear to be at the president's back, but right in front of him remains something very different from when he entered office four years ago, a republican-controlled house. initially elected with an outsidef of the beltway appeal, the president is now by definition a washington insider and for anything to get done in his second term, he is going to have to play an insider's game. joining me now is one of the most important allies that the president has on the hill. since 1993, he has represented the sixth district of south c
of office for his second term as president of the united states. shortly before noon, he will be sworn in in the white house blue room by chief justice john roberts. msnbc will bring special live coverage of the moment. normally, for a reelected president, it is the time to begin thinking of a legacy. having to run for re-election, the president is free to pursue the agenda that will enshrine him. among america's greats were abe lincoln and thomas jefferson. for this u.s. president, the first african-american ever elected to the office, the historical legacy has already been written before he officially began his first term. four years ago, president barack obama welcomed the weight of that legacy casting himself as a blank canvas to project our lofty hopes for change and great expectations for the nation. the first item on his agenda, that bright legacy and suggested those hopes were well placed. president obama tried and succeeded where previous democratic presidents tried and failed. he enacted legislation that provided universal health care for all americans. four years after the f
. with unitedhealthcare, i get information that matters... my individual health profile. not random statistics. they even reward me for addressing my health risks. so i'm doing fine... but she's still going to give me a heart attack. we're more than 78,000 people looking out for more than 70 million americans. that's health in numbers. unitedhealthcare. >>> most of the kids were excited a policeman told nbc news about the more than 400 children of sandy hook elementary school in newtown, connecticut who returned to class thursday, in a different building for the first time since the december 14th mass shooting that took the lives of 20 of their classmates. the newtown shooting galvanized the country's debate over gun violence and gun control. the violence continued at a steady pace. since the tragedy on december 14th. at least 18 people per day on average have been killed nationwide as a result of a fatal shooting. at least six people were shot to death between december 14th and the end of the year in detroit. a city in which 2012 was one of the deadliest in deck kalds. 12 people before decemb
? >> the only person elected by all the people is the president of the united states. the president of the united states is the chief executive officer of the united states. he's the only person that can command media attention and go directly to the american people. he needs to use the state of the union as a governing speech. he is not going to achieve a lot of objectives whether it's immigration, guns and whatever else if we don't deal with finances. if we don't put our finances in order, everybody is going to suffer to different degrees over time. the truth is, every bipartisan commission says we need revenues, 2-1 spending to revenues. we have to do both. who is the leader? the president. the president has to come. >> there's a false equivalency. during the republican primary, every republican candidate raised their hand saying they wouldn't sign a budget that was 10-1 spending cuts to tax increases. if that's the policy of the republican party. >> it's not the policy. >> hold on. >> they showmanshiped it. >> it was their policy for president. >> and he lost. >> right. let's ta
the circumstances all the time throughout the united states. i had a chance to sit down with prime minister david camden. you have 16,000 knife crowns in one year. it's about the thick. a lot of people have been raised in this violent culture. they think it's okay. homicides should be treated as the greatest epidemic. the greatest challenge for the 21st century as an epidemic. violence spreads like an epidemic disease. if i'm mad at your friends, i'm mad at you. in rwanda, 900,000 people killed because of this put in people's minds. look what happened in nazi germany. violence has been around for a long time. we need to treat it as a public health issue. we can change the minds across america and across the world so we can all become healthier people. >> i'm going to let you in. we have someone else we are going to bring in. thank you tio for being here on the show today but thank you for your work. chicago is a city i love deeply. the model you are creating with cease-fire is one that can continue to be used in other cities. i think the call we just heard from michael on the show that yours is t
Search Results 0 to 11 of about 12 (some duplicates have been removed)